NEWS: EASTENDERS Writers Respond To Gay Kiss Complaints; Ricky Martin; Victoria Rowell; Aiden Turner

EASTENDERS writers bemoan Danny, Johnny gay kiss complaints
The writers behind EastEnders' gay romance storyline have spoken out after the BBC soap received complaints over the kiss it aired on Monday. The episode, which saw Danny Pennant (Gary Lucy) and Johnny Carter (Sam Strike) kiss as part of a new plot that leads Johnny to come out to his father Mick (Danny Dyer), received complaints from viewers.

Pete Lawson, who wrote Monday's episode, said on Twitter: "2014, and gay teens kissing on a soap still draws complaints. Makes me even prouder to have written that ep."

Daran Little, the writer behind tonight's episode where Johnny tells Mick about his sexuality, tweeted that the complaints show "no progress" is being made in people's attitudes towards gay people. 10 years ago CORONATION STREET had complaints when I wrote Todd kissing Nick... now complaints about EASTENDERS gay kiss... no progress. I thinks it's encouraging that HOLLYOAKS gay kisses don't get complaints, cos its viewers are young and accepting."

Former GENERAL HOSPITAL actor Ricky Martin ends relationship with longtime partner
The singer has ended his longtime relationship with Carlos Gonzalez Abella. Us Weekly reports: "Ricky and Carlos have mutually agreed to end their relationship but continue to be united by friendship and their shared experiences," a spokesperson for Martin said in a statement. Martin welcomed twin boys via surrogate in 2008.

Former THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS star Victoria Rowell and husband Radcliffe Bailey divorcing
Rowell's husband, collage artist and sculptor Radcliffe Bailey, filed to end their 4-year marriage. TMZ has obtained the settlement agreement, which shows the couple had a prenup so no money was on the line. And, they had no kids, so it seems the divorce was pretty simple, with one caveat.

According to the settlement, "Each agrees that he or she shall not in any manner disturb, bother, harass or otherwise interfere with the other party."

Former ALL MY CHILDREN actor Aiden Turner pleads not guilty to assaulting girlfriend
The 36-year-old actor was arrested and booked a week after the fight on suspicion of a felony and posted $50,000 bail a few hours later, jail records reveal.


  1. IA - And when it comes to EastEnders, given the recent, real-life brouhaha over 19-year old Tom Daley dating 39-year old Dustin Lance Black, I was more surprised that the complaining parties weren't addressing the age difference of 19-year old Johnny kissing thirtysomething Danny! .. lol!

    And on Hollyoaks, if one is any kind of homophobes then they probably learned to not watch a long time ago. By my count, the show has no less than seven regular LGB characters in the village currently, and I wouldn't doubt there's an eighth one on the horizon.